RobotCub Open Call

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This is the Wiki of the RobotCub Open Call. We share here experiences, tips & tricks about the robots and the results of the research, events, etc.

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Original Open Call text

The iCub is a 53 degree-of-freedom cognitive humanoid robot which has been developed as an open-systems research platform. This call invites proposals for projects which focus on using the iCub for embodied artificial cognitive systems research. The iCub is the result of a collaborative project funded by the European Commission, Project IST-004370 RobotCub, under Strategic Objective Cognitive Systems. At 104 cm tall, the iCub is approximately the size of a three year-old child. It will be able to crawl on all fours and sit up, its hands will allow dexterous manipulation, and its head and eyes are fully articulated. It has visual, vestibular, auditory, and haptic sensory capabilities. As an open system, the design and documentation of all hardware and software is licensed under the Free Software Foundation GNU licences so that the system can be freely replicated and customized. An iCub kit will be awarded each of the applicants who submit the eight best proposals. In addition, each successful applicant will be awarded travel & accommodation costs at the Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa for one person for a two-month period to participate in the supervised assembly of the robot. Shipping costs of the assembled iCub to the applicant’s host institute will also be covered.

  • Date of publication of call: 1st September 2007.
  • Deadline for receipt of proposals: 1st December 2007.

Open Call text: opencall.pdf

The standard report template

Participants received feedback from the evaluation procedure in the form of a report explaining the procedure and methods.

Template evaluation summary report: opencallreport.pdf

Open Call winners

The Open Call invited proposals for projects which focus on using the humanoid robot iCub for embodied artificial cognitive systems research. An iCub kit was awarded to each of the applicants who submitted the six best proposals. Here is the list of the winners.

Institution Project title Investigators
Dept. of Computing/Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Imperial College, London Embodied cognition using internal simulation and a global workspace Murray Shanahan, Yiannis Demiris
Institute for Intelligent Systems and Robotics. Université Pierre et Marie Curie - Paris Motor, Affective and Cognitive Scaffolding for iCub (MACSi) Philippe Bidaud,

Olivier Sigaud,

Vincent Padois
Human and Robot Cognitive Systems Group, INSERM U 846 Stem Cell and Brain Research Institute, Lyon Development of Shared InTentions and Cooperation in a Humanoid Robot via Situated SIMulation Models (SitSim) Peter Ford Dominey
KOVAN Research Lab., Dept. of Computer Engineering, Middle East Technical University (METU) Emergence of Communication in iCub through Sensorimotor and Social Interaction Erol Sahin
Image Understanding and Knowledge Based Systems, Technische Universit?at M?unchen, Munich iCubKidManS: iCub development of Kids' Manipulation Skills Michael Beetz,

Alexis Maldonado,

Federico Ruiz
Institute of Audiovisual Studies, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona DAC-iCub: An integrated anthropomorphic neuromorphic cognitive architecture for the iCub Paul Verschure
The Beckmann Institute, University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign The Role of Sensorimotor Function, Associative Memory and Reinforcement Learning in Automatic Acquisition of Spoken Language by an Autonomous Robot Steve Levinson

More robots

Additional iCub are or will be available at:

  • Italian Institute of Technology, Genoa, Italy
  • EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • University of Plymouth, Plymouth, UK
  • IST, Lisbon, Portugal
  • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK
  • CNR, Rome, Italy
  • University of Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany

The RobotCub Summer Schools